Losing a spouse, parent, or child is one of the hardest things we must endure. When your loved one’s death was caused by the negligence or wrongful actions of another person, it is especially hard to cope with. Nothing an attorney can do will make your loss any easier to bear, but a wrongful death settlement can allow you a sense of justice and a degree of closure in your time of sorrow. Find out when a wrongful death suit may be an option after the tragic death of a loved one.
Every untimely death feels wrong, but that doesn’t make it wrongful under Oklahoma law. The Oklahoma statute defines wrongful death as “the death of one…caused by the wrongful act or omission of another.” In general, a wrongful death action may be taken in situations that would lead to a personal injury claim if the victim had survived. Deaths caused by the following could potentially lead to wrongful death claims:
Wrongful death claims can be very painful for surviving family members to go through and are difficult to win. If you have lost a loved one in an accident in Oklahoma, trust attorney Scott Ray to handle your claim with skill, compassion, and care.
The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to compensate those who have been directly affected—both financially and emotionally—by the loss of the victim. These claims are usually made by a spouse, parent, or child but may also be made by a personal representative of the deceased’s estate. This person may have been named in a will or may be appointed by the court. Those who are eligible to file a claim must do so within two years of the date of death. Damages may be awarded for the following losses:
Oklahoma also allows for punitive or exemplary damages to be awarded by the court in certain wrongful death cases. These damages are meant to punish the defendant and to send a message that the actions that led to the death will not be tolerated. These damages are awarded to surviving family members, but are not intended as compensation.
If you have lost a loved one in a tragic accident, call our Lawton office to talk to our attorney about a possible wrongful death lawsuit. We understand that you are in pain and we will not make promises we can’t keep. We will treat you with the compassion you deserve as we evaluate your case and let you know if we can help. We are sorry for your loss and will do everything we can to help. Call or fill out the form on this page today. We are here for you.